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Doesn't matter. WEWS still should have broken into coverage when the initial reports first came on.

 

Why? To unnecessarily scare viewers? To throw more fuel on the "Fake News" fire?

 

WEWS did the right thing by waiting to see how the story played out. The other stations that didn't bother to wait and went wall-to-wall for a hoax are one reason people are turning away from TV news.

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There has been an active shooter at a hospital in Medina, Ohio, and this is what was going on the four news stations in Cleveland around 2:30pm and 3pm.

 

WKYC - local news coverage

WJW - local news coverage

WOIO - local news coverage

 

WEWS - General Hospital and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!!!!!

News 5 didn't bother to go into breaking news coverage, except for a ticker at the bottom on-air, and of course its website and social media. To me, that's like saying not to bother watching the station anymore. That is a prime example of dropping the ball big time.

 

Doesn't matter. WEWS still should have broken into coverage when the initial reports first came on.

 

Yes, it does. Especially in the case of an active shooter, it's better to be right rather than first.

 

Why? To unnecessarily scare viewers? To throw more fuel on the "Fake News" fire?

 

WEWS did the right thing by waiting to see how the story played out. The other stations that didn't bother to wait and went wall-to-wall for a hoax are one reason people are turning away from TV news.

 

I agree with Weeters, it's also not just as simple as "we're breaking into programming," if WEWS is hubbed as far as master control, you would have to contact them and let them know you're breaking into programming. On top of that, the network will need to be informed you are breaking into their programming to deliver breaking news and find out if there will be a special re-air or if you're just plain SOL. In the case of soap opera viewers, you DO NOT mess with their soaps unless there is actual cause for concern. A simple crawl and heavy social media presence is good enough in this day and age. If they waited and broke into WWTBAM, they can do so because that is their syndicated slot and syndications can be reaired later. However, why would we risk potential local ad revenue for breaking news about something that ended up being nothing.

 

Furthermore, like Weeters said, it's better to know all the facts and have things confirmed than to break into programming and have no idea what you're talking about.

 

Working on an assignment desk, I get hate calls all the time for breaking into programming and against. You can't make everyone happy. And screaming at the person who answers the phone and telling them that they and the station can go to hell and you'll never watch them again means absolutely nothing. For every lost viewer for something stupid and small, we gain about 100 more.

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I agree with Weeters, it's also not just as simple as "we're breaking into programming," if WEWS is hubbed as far as master control, you would have to contact them and let them know you're breaking into programming. On top of that, the network will need to be informed you are breaking into their programming to deliver breaking news and find out if there will be a special re-air or if you're just plain SOL. In the case of soap opera viewers, you DO NOT mess with their soaps unless there is actual cause for concern. A simple crawl and heavy social media presence is good enough in this day and age. If they waited and broke into WWTBAM, they can do so because that is their syndicated slot and syndications can be reaired later. However, why would we risk potential local ad revenue for breaking news about something that ended up being nothing.

 

Furthermore, like Weeters said, it's better to know all the facts and have things confirmed than to break into programming and have no idea what you're talking about.

 

Working on an assignment desk, I get hate calls all the time for breaking into programming and against. You can't make everyone happy. And screaming at the person who answers the phone and telling them that they and the station can go to hell and you'll never watch them again means absolutely nothing. For every lost viewer for something stupid and small, we gain about 100 more.

 

 

The people who say they'll never watch again are often the ones who call or write back a week later to complain again. They're either idle threats or they hate watch.

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Why? To unnecessarily scare viewers? To throw more fuel on the "Fake News" fire?

 

WEWS did the right thing by waiting to see how the story played out. The other stations that didn't bother to wait and went wall-to-wall for a hoax are one reason people are turning away from TV news.

It's the obsession of being first instead of being right. Being first still sells, apparently.

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Regardless of whether the incident was "real" or "fake," emergency crews still swarmed the area. People were freaking out. It was all over social media. You can't just ignore that. If people tune in and you aren't live, they'll find a station that is.

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Regardless of whether the incident was "real" or "fake," emergency crews still swarmed the area. People were freaking out. It was all over social media. You can't just ignore that. If people tune in and you aren't live, they'll find a station that is.

 

There used to be 4 unwritten rules in most newsrooms...

 

You didn't cover bomb threats.

You didn't cover suicides.

No needles going into arms...

..and no nipples...translated in most newsrooms as the "no tits on TV" rule.

 

There were other regional 'rules" and accepted practices that encouraged responsible reporting, unlike this crap now days where a station will just report anything that farts.

 

My new favorite is a California Classic...

 

"Suspicious Package Found "...

 

Wonderful!

Block off the street, evacuate the block, lock down the schools....BREAKING NEWS Whoop Whoop!

While we get the bomb squad to neutralize some homeless guys stuff....sometimes they even use a water canon to blow the stuff up.

 

 

Only in California...Oh the humanity.

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Here's what FTVLive thinks of WEWS not covering the breaking news story this week:

 

https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2018/11/14/scripps-station-drops-the-ball-in-cleveland

 

Gee... from someone who relentlessly attacks Scripps at every turn? Do tell...

 

I'd hardly call FTVLive reliable source at this point considering we here at TVNT tend to get things before he does most of the time. Just need Brian Stelter and Howard Kurtz at the helm and you'd have an all out circus.

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Could there be new Scripps websites soon? Not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere but:

https://www.kgun9.com/

Kinda looks TEGNA-ish.

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13 hours ago, KentBrockman said:

Could there be new Scripps websites soon? Not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere but:

https://www.kgun9.com/

Kinda looks TEGNA-ish.

Interesting that KGUN has a new Scripps website when it still doesn't have the Scripps on-air graphics AFAIK.

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3 hours ago, NewsMaster said:

Interesting that KGUN has a new Scripps website when it still doesn't have the Scripps on-air graphics AFAIK.

KGTV updated it's site earlier this week also...

www.kgtv.com

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<div class="scripps_iframe_embed" style="position:relative;"><div style="display:block;width:100%;height:auto;padding-bottom:56.25%;"></div><iframe style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%; height:100%;" border="0" height="100%" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" scrolling="no" src="https://assets.scrippsdigital.com/cms/videoIframe.html?&host=www.kgun9.com&title=Embeded%20Video&m3u8=https://content.uplynk.com/a9c3a102543e430a8b662a20aacdc681.m3u8&purl=/weather&story=0&ex=1&s=kgun"></iframe></div>


That may soon change. KGUN's weather has the Scripps package.

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On 11/29/2018 at 11:29 AM, Big Country News said:


That may soon change. KGUN's weather has the Scripps package.

 

They've had it for weather graphics for a long time (At least May 2017!). It happened during the rollout of WSI weather graphics systems to the Journal stations. KGUN got theirs after the merger, and WSI apparently decided to give them the Scripps package instead of the Journal package, and nobody bothered to get that fixed.

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Mark Johnson is rumored to be out at WEWS.  Meanwhile, former meteorologist Trent Magill is returning to the station.

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UPDATE: Mark Johnson took to social media of Trent Magill coming back to WEWS to be part of a weather team including him starting in January.  People though still think online Mark's leaving.  This is like a repeat of Jeff Tanchak situation at WOIO and Raycom back in 2015.  

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On 12/11/2018 at 6:13 PM, who?cares said:

The next batch will launch on Thursday. 

Indeed, you can add at least KSHB to that list.

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There's a new face on WXYZ's weather team. Mike Taylor, who will be on during weekends, presented the weather yesterday at 6 PM and 11 PM.

He's an in-house hire who came from WMAR. Previous to that, he had a previous stint at WXYZ, as well as positions at WCIA and WBKB.

This could be a definite sign as well that Chris Edwards will actually retire. WXYZ's weather team currently consists of Dave Rexroth, Kevin Jeanes, Hally Vogel, Beth McLeod (for who knows how long) and now Mike Taylor is back.

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On 12/17/2018 at 10:05 AM, DetroitTVNews said:

There's a new face on WXYZ's weather team. Mike Taylor, who will be on during weekends, presented the weather yesterday at 6 PM and 11 PM.

He's an in-house hire who came from WMAR. Previous to that, he had a previous stint at WXYZ, as well as positions at WCIA and WBKB.

This could be a definite sign as well that Chris Edwards will actually retire. WXYZ's weather team currently consists of Dave Rexroth, Kevin Jeanes, Hally Vogel, Beth McLeod (for who knows how long) and now Mike Taylor is back.

Isn't Keenan Smith still there too??

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Interesting that in this era of adding newscasts everywhere, KMTV is cutting news. They're dropping midday and 4 (or does that become "The Now" in the future?), as well as early evening weekend shows, but they're tacking on one of those half-hours to the 6:00 p.m..

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On 12/19/2018 at 8:32 AM, TheRob said:

Interesting that in this era of adding newscasts everywhere, KMTV is cutting news. They're dropping midday and 4 (or does that become "The Now" in the future?), as well as early evening weekend shows, but they're tacking on one of those half-hours to the 6:00 p.m..

Well, nothing's confirmed in terms of programming changes but if it goes down like that, that'll be interesting. It would just be 4:30-7:00 a.m., 5:00-5:30, 6:00-7:00 and 10:00-10:35 p.m.

Sorta just like KETV until they added midday news themselves.

EDIT: Don't worry about it @TheRob. Found those timeslots via FTVLive.

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